07 CRV vx RAV4

Discussion in 'CR-V' started by tww1491, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. tww1491

    tww1491 Guest

    Wife wants to move out of her 03 Pilot into either the new CRV or the RAV4.
    Although Consumer Reports gives the nod to the RAV4, I am more partial to
    the Honda whereas she puts more emphasis on the CR review. Any opinions out
    there from those of you who looked at either vehicle?
    tww1491, Mar 10, 2007
  2. "tww1491" wrote
    Time to rant: the seats in both the CR-V and RAV4 are too small and not
    anywhere near as nice as those in my '04 Accord EX's cloth seats. The RAV4
    was worse. The seat bottom is too short for me, providing little thigh
    support. The RAV4 looks far more nicely appointed than the CR-V, and seems
    to have a lot more nice features, but as soon as I sat in it it was all
    over. I was very disappointed. But, this is just how MY body fits and
    responds to them. I'm 5'9", with longish legs, and slender. (No, I'm not
    looking for a date!) ;-)

    I did test drive the CR-V and it wasn't bad, but I'm not used to the lack of
    rear visibility, and I've gotten spoiled by the relative luxury of the
    Accord. That rear window is quite small -- and so is the one in the RAV4. I
    guess they appear small because they're much further back than those in a
    sedan. Still, larger SUV's don't have that problem.
    Howard Lester, Mar 10, 2007
  3. tww1491

    tww1491 Guest

    Seats! My wife does not like the seats in the Pilot because they are too
    short for her -- she's 5' 11". I agree with her that the seats (in the
    Pilot) are not near as comfortable as my 06 Accord. If the seats in the CRV
    and RAV are small, it sounds like the same problem.

    Thanks for the input.
    tww1491, Mar 11, 2007
  4. "tww1491" wrote
    Yep - since buying the Accord 3 years ago I've become a "seat guy." If I'm
    going to feel miserable driving a vehicle, even if it better serves my needs
    (such as 4WD and more cargo room for hauling stuff), I'm going to hate it. I
    sat in a couple of Subarus, too, and they didn't feel much better. But let
    her try them so she can decide for herself.

    Even the seats in a 2001 Chevy S-10 and 2002 Dodge Dakota 4-door are much
    better than those of the CR-V and RAV4. (The 2007 Jeep Liberty's seats are
    atrocious. You might as well be sitting on short boards.)
    Howard Lester, Mar 11, 2007
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    Robert Guest

    I think it only depends on which car you like the feel of better.
    They're both reliable, good cars, so there's no problem there. But the
    new CRV might be a little overpriced since it's the first year of
    sales for it.
    Robert, Mar 12, 2007
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    isquat Guest

    When Rav4 came out awd sucked. It was too slow to engage.
    People were complaining that the front tires would start slipping
    before they'd engage. It might be better now but if I were
    in a market for a brick I'd get a forrester. At least
    the awd is engaged at all times with 50/50 front to back split.
    When it helps to keep it on at all times?
    It's when you start to skid :)
    isquat, Mar 13, 2007
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    Just Facts Guest

    I've looked at the new CR-V and it's very nice in many respects, but I
    have one major and a few minor concerns. I found the seats very good,
    very good leg and head room and even a full sized spare which I require.

    The deal stopping concern I have with the CR-V is the lack of a
    mechanical (non electrical) method of opening the hatch, where I keep
    "minor" things like a jumper cable.

    Three minor concerns I have are the very small battery,
    the reach (for 6' me) to the shifter and the high weight.
    I have yet to drive the CR-V.
    Just Facts, Mar 13, 2007
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    ACAR Guest

    Since the OP is trading in an '03 long term reliability appears not to
    be an issue. Yup, time to look at a domestic like the Saturn Outlook
    or perhaps a more comfort-oriented import like the Nissan Murano. I
    gotta agree with you regarding the small, unsupportive seats some
    automakers put into their smaller vehicles.
    ACAR, Mar 13, 2007
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    Robert Guest

    Ooh I forgot about the Nissans...I absolutely love the Nissan Murano/
    Infiniti FX35/45 SUVs. A relative of mine has one; I don't know about
    long-term reliability but as far as comfort, style and features go
    they can't be beat!
    Robert, Mar 15, 2007
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    Mister Bear Guest

    I like the looks of the new CRV, but there are two problems:

    The CRV could use a bit more power. It's pretty gutless compared to a
    Rav4 with a 6 cyclinder.

    Discounts on the new CRV are awful. The best I can do locally is around
    $700 off sticker. When the dealer wants $26,000 for a small SUV
    (CRV-EXL AWD) that's a bit much in my book. Wait a few months, and I'll
    bet the discounts are up to $1400, maybe more. Actually, a few buyers
    claim they're getting discounts around that level already.

    The Rav4 looks quite a bit roomier, and I believe 3rd row seating is
    available. Consumer Reports rates the Rav4, Forester and a couple of
    other smallSUVs higher than the CRV. MrB
    Mister Bear, Mar 26, 2007
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    E Meyer Guest

    When I looked at them last year, the RAV4 was not roomier than the '06 CRV
    and, though the 4 cylinder RAV4 had more horsepower on paper, the CRV felt
    quicker and more responsive to drive. The V6 is a hot rod and Honda does
    not have anything to compare to it. The third seat is a joke & only viable
    for small children. Don't make your decision based on solely on reading
    specs or consumer reports reviews. Consumer Reports is useful for
    identifying which cars have dismal maintenance histories and which ones roll
    over too easily. If you wade through the babble on the CRV and RAV4, you
    will find that Consumer Reports actually rates them extremely close to each

    Bottom Line - You really have to drive them each and be honest with
    yourself about what you like and dislike about them before you buy anything.
    E Meyer, Mar 26, 2007
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